STEVE COHN (Piano, Shakuhachi, Ichidichi, Trombone)
Ever innovative, pianist Steve Cohn has developed a unique style of improvisation over the course of his career which has taken him across styles of jazz as well as around the world. With over 35 recordings in his name, Steve has played with the likes of Eddie Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Reggie Workman, Barry Altschul, Oliver Lake, Fred Hopkins, Bruce Ditmas, Denis Charles, William Parker, Bob Stewart, Frank Lowe, Karl Berger, Steve Lacy among many others. He has performed his own works at venues such as New York City’s Miller Theatre, the Newport JVC Festival, the Great American Music Hall, World Shakuhachi Festivals and other festivals and tours in Europe, Estonia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the USA.
Two of his recordings, SUFI DANCERSand ITTEKIMASU, received four-star ratings in Downbeat Magazine. THE BEGGAR AND THE ROBOT IN DIAMONDSwas also chosen on the “Top Ten List of 1997” by Tracking Angle.
“Cohn’s intricate counterpoint and drama-infused harmonies are equally effective on muscular jazz-hued sprints and pointilistic passages. His cogent use of ethnic instruments goes well beyond stock poses of texture and transcendentalism. There are few American pianists who have Cohn’s talents” — Bill Shoemaker, Downbeat Magazine. “Cohn’s playing is hypnotic and remarkable throughout. He is a true original”– Robert Spencer, Cadence Magazine.

LARRY ROLAND (Acoustic Bassist, Poet)                                                                          Larry Roland lives in New York City and has been a part of the New York City music scene for a little over a decade and a half.  He has performed with such people as Raphe Malik, Charles Gayle, Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Marvin Bugalu Smith, James Spaulding, William Parker and many others.  Larry’s most recent recordings include Michael Moss’s Helix (2018) plus FREE PLAY, DREAMTIME,and IN BETWEEN GIGS…CAN YOU DIG?!? by the New York Free Quartet.  As a poet, Larry just released his new book, Just Sayin!! (BCG Publishers, 2019).

CHUCK FERTAL (Drummer/Pianist/Composer)                                                                       Born in New York City, New York.                                                                                     Chuck studied at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass. majoring in Drums & Piano.  He studied drums privately with Alan Dawson and Sam Ulano and studied piano with Connie Crothers. Fertal was a guest clinician at Berklee College, Boston, MA. as well as at Johnson State College, Burlington, Vermont.                                                                                            Chuck has worked with:                                                                                                          Mal Waldron, Reggie Workman, George Cables, Bob Cranshaw, Dorothy Donegan, Sonny Stitt, Steve Cohn, Sonny Fortune, Sir Charles Thompson, Jack Wilkins, Michael Moss, Ron McClure, Bill Saxton, Keith David, Cecil McBee, Cameron Brown, Roland Prince, Marvin Horn, Lyle Atkinson, Richard Wyans, Warren Smith, Calvin Hill, Jeremy Steig and many more.                                                                                                                 Recordings include Michael Moss’ HELIX, plus FREE PLAY, DREAMTIME,andIN BETWEEN GIGS…CAN YOU DIG?!? with the New York Free Quartet.

MICHAEL MOSS (Composer, Reeds)                                                                              Michael Moss is a multi-instrumental reed player who for the past 50 years has explored experimental jazz as it relates to classical and world music.  HELIX (2018) features his brand new band, the Accidental Orchestra, a 22 piece group and has garnered many extremely positive reviews https://m2-theory.com/helix-reviews/.  Accidental Orchestra/HELIX was honored in Avant Music News “Best Albums of 2018.”  Moss has been supported by NYSCA, Meet the Composer grants, and received a 2019 Creative Engagement grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Michael recorded and performed with Annette Peacock and Tracy Nelson, Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, Steve Swell, Vincent Chancey, Dave Burrell, Paul Bley, William Parker, Cameron Brown, Ken Filiano, Michael Bisio, Warren Smith, Jason Kao Hwang, and Stephanie Griffin, among others.  Moss is President of 4th Stream Records and ERG Publishing, past-President of Free Life Communication (a musician’s cooperative in NYC), and former Music Director of Loft in the Sky Jazz Festival in Lexington, NY.

Following is a list of webpages hosted by our members where you may find discographies and complete bios, reviews, and sound files:

Larry Rolandhttp://ogijaz.com

Steve Cohnhttp://thestevecohn.com

Michael Moss:http://www.m2-Theory.com